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Tech Companies Blacklist White Supremacist Site

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:01:00 -0400

The neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer has been essentially purged from the Internet following the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville.

Quoting Mandela, Obama's Tweet After Charlottesville Is The Most-Liked Ever

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:16:00 -0400

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion," the former president tweeted. He was quoting Nelson Mandela, and it struck a chord for many.

UNICEF Picks YouTube Star As Ambassador

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:07:00 -0400

Known as "iiSuperwomanii" to her 12 million YouTube followers, Lilly Singh represents a new kind of celebrity — and that's exactly why UNICEF has made her the face of its cause.

Shh! These Quiet Food Videos Will Get Your Senses Tingling

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:00:00 -0400

A growing number of food videos aim to trigger ASMR — Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or pleasing sensations in the brains of some viewers — by focusing on sounds like chopping and stirring.

DOJ Demands Files On Anti-Trump Activists, And A Web Hosting Company Resists

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:10:00 -0400

Legal experts called the government's demand for information unusually broad. DreamHost says the warrant would require it to hand over logs of 1.3 million visits to its customer's website.

British Cybersecurity Expert Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Malware Charges

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:59:23 -0400

Before these allegations, 23-year-old Marcus Hutchins was known for his role in finding the kill switch to the WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack last May. He is accused of creating a malware scheme.

Forget Tough Passwords: New Guidelines Make It Simple

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:51:00 -0400

We've been told to create passwords that are complicated, to change them regularly and to use different ones for each app or site. But the latest advice is to keep them simple, long and memorable.

In Germany, Churchgoers Are Encouraged To Tweet From The Pews

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0400

As it celebrates 500 years since Martin Luther and the Reformation, the Protestant church in Germany is turning to social media to reach those too busy to attend.

You Can Order a Dozen STD Tests Online — But Should You?

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0400

It sounds so simple: Order a kit online, test for sexually transmitted diseases in the privacy of home and mail it back. But deciding what to test for and who gets tested is far from easy.

Sal Khan: Can Technology Help Create A Global Classroom?

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:32:00 -0400

Sal Khan turned tutoring lessons with his cousins into a series of free educational videos called Khan Academy. His goal: to make learning accessible for everyone, everywhere.

Google Cancels Town Hall After Employee's Controversial Diversity Memo

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 21:06:00 -0400

The meeting had been called to discuss fallout from the memo written by a senior software engineer who complained that "biological causes" explained why women were underrepresented at the tech giant.

Facebook Watch Is Company's New Plan For Online Video

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:48:00 -0400

With nearly 2 billion users, Facebook could further disrupt an online video space — and compete with YouTube and other networks for ad revenue.

Video Games May Affect The Brain Differently, Depending On What You Play

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:16:00 -0400

Millions of people play video games, but there's plenty of disagreement on whether they're good or bad for brains. Action games may have a different effect than something like Super Mario.

'Schoolifying' Minecraft Without Ruining It

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 06:06:00 -0400

Microsoft is trying to help more teachers use the hugely popular game in the classroom without alienating the initial enthusiasts.

The Cubist Revolution: Minecraft For All

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 05:05:00 -0400

Minecraft, one of the most popular video games in the world, is touted for its educational possibilities. But is that potential really accessible to all?